BELTON — On the second day of the Canstruction contest in Belton, visitors were in awe of architectural creations and exhibitors were honored Saturday night for their contribution to Helping Hands Ministry of Belton.
The goal of the contest, held at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, is to create works of art using canned food, with the cans later being used to help feed the hungry. A favorite among the contenders was the Belton Tigers Bible CANnectors. Emma Rehak, a sophomore high school student from Troy, said she especially liked the Noah’s Ark structure because of the use of colors and her love of animals.
It also was a favorite display for Amy Barker, who brought her three children for the first time to see the exhibit.
She said her family was divided on their favorites, but she especially liked the use of various elements of the design, including boxes and plastic wrapped foods.
Canned goods were used and she said she thought it was interesting that wrapped beef jerky created tongues on the giraffes in the Noah’s Ark display.
“This is the first year to come,” Barker said. “This might have to be a yearly family event.”
At a wrapup awards dinner, all contestants received an award for their efforts.
Special honors were awarded in several categories. Tigers Bible CANnectors took home three awards: Most Cans, Best Meal and Honorable Mention for the Noah’s Ark creation. Architectural Edge won the Juror’s Favorite award and Structural Integrity honors for its Mount Rushmore structure.
The Best Use of Labels recognition went to Foundation United Methodist Church for building a candelabra.
The team of First United Church of Belton and Altrusa won the Best Theme award for “The Cans of Time” hourglass.
“Structurally these are some of best designs we’ve seen,” said Rucker Preston, director of Helping Hands. “It’s an event of advocacy and awareness.”